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In The News - Summer 2021

Moderate Consumption of Nitrate-Rich Vegetables May Help Cardiovascular Health.  A study published in Cardiovascular Disease found that a moderate intake of nitrate-rich vegetables (59 mg of nitrates daily) had a 15% lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those with the lowest consumption. Nitrate-rich vegetables include spinach, kale, and beetroot. Nitrates dilate (widen or relax) the arteries and the veins not only in the heart but also elsewhere in the body.

Saffron May Help Relieve Mood Swings in Perimenopausal Women. A study published in the Journal of Menopausal Medicine found that perimenopausal women taking 28 mg of saffron extract daily for 12 weeks experienced reduced feelings of anxiety and better moods with less depressed feelings compared to the placebo group. Perimenopause is the stage when a woman’s body begins to transition to menopause.

Ginger Extract May Help Ease Indigestion and Bloating.  A study in the Journal of Dietary Supplements found that taking 200 mg of a ginger extract daily for 4 weeks helped relieve some unwanted digestions symptoms compared to a placebo group.  Starting in week 2, participants in the ginger group reported less indigestion, bloating, early satiety and discomfort from post-meal fullness, among other benefits.

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